Murray police officer hit by car while directing traffic

Fire department paramedics help a Murray police officer after he was hit by a car while directing traffic at the scene of a fire Saturday night, Nov. 11, 2017. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

MURRAY, Utah, Nov. 11, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A Murray police officer was transported to the hospital Saturday night after he was hit by a car while directing traffic at the scene of a fire.

The accident happened at about 8:30 p.m., Murray Police Sgt. Jason Coons told Gephardt Daily. Police were assisting at the scene of a vehicle fire.

The officer was standing in the street, doing traffic control, when a white passenger car came westbound on 5300 South.

“The driver apparently didn’t see him, and knocked him over,” Sgt. Coons said.

The driver was the car’s only occupant, and he stayed at the scene.

“The driver was fully cooperative,” Coons said.

Paramedics, already there to assist firefighters, witnessed the accident and immediately rendered aid.

The officer, who Coons said has more than five years on the force, was taken to Intermountain Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

“He was a little bruised,” Coons said. “He was hit in the leg area, but was up and walking around.”

Unified Police Department is handling the investigation, as protocol prevents Murray PD from investigating their own incident. It isn’t yet known if the driver will be cited in this case.

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